The Coastal Law Enforcement Analysis and Research (CLEAR) initiative is an experiential learning opportunity that provides students with real-world intelligence experience. CLEAR provides students interested in pursuing careers in intelligence with the opportunity to work with local law enforcement agencies. Students identify clients’ intelligence needs and collect, analyze, and present their intelligence products to their clients. The article discusses the initiative’s origins, the challenges and opportunities of developing partnerships with local security practitioners, and student learning outcomes. 


Jonathan Smith

Jonathan Smith is Department Head and Professor of the Intelligence and Security Studies Department at Coastal Carolina University. Jonathan served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve from 1991 to 2013. His research interests include national security decision-making, homeland security intelligence, and the evolution of the academic discipline of intelligence. Jonathan currently serves as the Regional Vice President (Southeast) for the International Association for Intelligence Education. He earned an M.A. in International Studies and a Ph.D. in American Politics from the University of South Carolina.

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No. 13 The Coastal Law Enforcement Analysis and Research (CLEAR) Initiative